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Resource Innovation Institute workshops will help Michigan cultivators and industry leaders learn the latest about growing resource-efficient cannabis crops

The three-event series will explore cost-saving measures on lighting, HVAC and more

Lansing, Mich. (March 4, 2020) – Michigan’s commercial cultivators soon will have a unique chance to learn about peer-reviewed best practices related to resource-efficient cannabis cultivation.

Energy-efficiency advocate Resource Innovation Institute will conduct a trio of unique workshops focused on the needs of cultivators in the state this year. Each of its Efficient Yields cultivation workshops is designed to help commercial and home growers, architects, engineers and contractors learn more about cost-saving cultivation best practices and utility incentives that can help growers afford efficient lighting and HVAC solutions.

“These workshops are a great way to engage with the people who are shaping the industry’s best practices,” said RII Executive Director Derek Smith. “More importantly, though, they’re a way for participants to realize real cost savings that can come from implementing effective resource-efficiency measures.”

The workshops are free, open to the public and will feature leading cultivators and industry experts, including contributors to RII’s peer-reviewed Best Practices Guides on LED Lighting and HVAC. Curated experts featured at the events are knowledgeable in a range of topics, from facility design to cultivating with LED lighting to dehumidification.

All of the Efficient Yields workshops are designed to be educational, and none are underwritten by companies seeking to sell products. Consumers Energy and Lansing Board of Water & Light are co-sponsoring the events.

RII’s first workshop, How to improve profit and grow better plants: Best practices on energy efficient cultivation, will be held in Grand Rapids on Thurs., April 16. Speakers include Brian Anderson, Principal and Co-Founder, Anderson Porter Design; Brian Kammers, President, Desert Aire; and Corinne Wilder, VP of Global Commercial Operations, Fluence Bioengineering. For more information, visit RII’s Event page. Additional Michigan Efficient Yields events will take place on May 19 and September 15.

Though the workshops are free to attend, participants must register at

RII’s Efficient Yields cultivation workshops are the only grower-led, non-commercial venues for the exchange of resource efficient cultivation best practices. RII is a nonprofit funded by utilities, foundations, governments and the indoor agriculture supply chain.

For more information or to schedule an interview, contact Shawna Seldon McGregor at or 917-971-7852.


Resource Innovation Institute: Advancing Resource Efficiency to Cultivate a Better Cannabis Future

Resource Innovation Institute (RII) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to advance resource efficiency to cultivate a better agricultural future. Founded in 2016 in Portland, OR, USA, RII’s Board of Directors includes the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE), a former Energy Policy Advisor to two Oregon governors, a former board member of the US Green Building Council and leading cannabis industry players. The organization has unique expertise on intelligence, policy and education related to energy use in controlled environment agriculture (CEA). Its Cannabis PowerScore benchmarking tool is backed by the world’s largest dataset on CEA energy use. RII’s Technical Advisory Council is the leading multi-disciplinary body assessing the environmental impacts and best practices associated with cultivation resource issues. In 2018, RII advised the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on the establishment of the world’s first cannabis energy regulations, and it is now advising Illinois, California and other governments on CEA-related energy policies. RII’s Efficient Yields cultivation workshops are the only grower-led, non-commercial venues for the exchange of resource efficient cultivation best practices. RII is funded by utilities, foundations, governments and leading members of the supply chain serving CEA, from LED manufacturers to HVAC engineers. Visit our website at Follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.